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Connecting with Others

Building a network of people who care about you and your family.

A lot of parents feel too busy or overwhelmed to make new friends or stay connected to the people and activities that bring their life balance. But having social connections isn’t a luxury. It’s an essential resource that can help your entire family.

A network of social connections can offer you the opportunity to give and get practical support and celebrate your successes. Talking things over with trusted friends or family can help you recharge and see problems in a new way. Feeling valued and understood, and knowing you can turn to others for acceptance, advice or a helping hand can help you be a happier and more confident parent.

Hear from parents

Having someone to talk to. It’s important… to have someone to bounce ideas off of, thoughts off of, problems off of.”

-Barbara

Connecting with Others can look like…

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Trying something new to make new friends

Woman reading a book to a child

Surrounding kids with supportive, caring adults

Tablet and a cell phone powered off

Turning off your devices when it’s time to connect

Ask Yourself…

There are no right answers. Thinking about these questions can help you understand your family’s strengths.

Are your close relationships respectful, caring and mutually supportive? Flip to Learn More
Emotions can be contagious. And that makes the quality of your closest relationships important. So, take an inventory of your family, friends and romantic relationships. Are your closest companions caring, respectful and supportive? Do you give and accept help from one another? Take the time to start and maintain healthy friendships and relationships. They’ll offer you and your family the support you need to be strong. Back to Question
Do you have friends who are also parents? Flip to Learn More
While all friendships are wonderful, the relationships parents build with other parents can be especially important. You’ll be able to share the joys and frustrations of raising a family with people who understand. And you’ll see other parents and parenting strategies in action. When you become a new parent or transition to a new stage of life, it may take some extra effort. But adding other parents to your social network can really pay off. Back to Question
Who would drop everything to help you in an emergency? Flip to Learn More
No one can get through life alone. We all find ourselves in situations where we need help and support. Whether they’re picking you up when the car won’t start or providing child care during a time of need, your network of friends and family can be helping hands for you and your kids. How can you expand and strengthen your connections? Sometimes it is necessary to go outside your comfort zone, try new things and meet new people. At the same time, remember to maintain the healthy relationships that you already have. Back to Question
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Connecting with Others doesn’t have to be complicated.

Building trusting relationships and staying connected can be as simple as calling a friend, making a play date, joining a new community group or offering to help out a neighbor. Sometimes reaching out to others can feel awkward, but it gets easier with practice.

Try this:

The 5 Strengths are also called Protective Factors.

The language some people use to describe the 5 Strengths may be different. They are also called Protective Factors. But no matter which words you use, research has shown how important these strengths are for families as they navigate the challenges and joys of daily life.

Connecting with Others

Social Connections

Share Your Strength

Tell us about the strategies you used to grow stronger during a challenging time for your family.  By sharing, you might help another family get ideas.  And together we can all become stronger.  By submitting a story, all or part of it may be posted on this website. See .

The Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board may use or share my story or any part of it for public awareness and educational purposes. I also understand the Prevention Board may edit my story for length or content. By granting my permission, I release the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, its employees, directors, and agents from any liability related to the disclosure or use of my story or any part of my story.

Woman and man sharing their parenting expertise

Share Your Strength

Tell us about the strategies you used to grow stronger during a challenging time for your family.  By sharing, you might help another family get ideas.  And together we can all become stronger.  By submitting a story, all or part of it may be posted on this website. See .

The Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board may use or share my story or any part of it for public awareness and educational purposes. I also understand the Prevention Board may edit my story for length or content. By granting my permission, I release the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, its employees, directors, and agents from any liability related to the disclosure or use of my story or any part of my story.

Thank you!

Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your family. We are unable to publish every story and stories will not appear immediately after being submitted. Stories may be edited for length and context. Also, stories may be incorporated into other Prevention Board resources and materials. Questions? Learn more about our

The Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board may use or share my story or any part of it for public awareness and educational purposes. I also understand the Prevention Board may edit my story for length or content. By granting my permission, I release the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, its employees, directors, and agents from any liability related to the disclosure or use of my story or any part of my story.

We appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your family. We are unable to publish every story and stories will not appear immediately after being submitted. Stories may be edited for length and context. Also, stories may be incorporated into other Prevention Board resources and materials.
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